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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FCAT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC1 p.m., CenturyLink FieldTV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: First meeting. NOTES: Tottenham Hotspur Football Club was founded in 1882. The team has achieved five consecutive top-six finishes in the English Premier League. Their home pitch is White Hart Lane in North London. … Seattle is 12-4-2 and in first place in the MLS season. Tottenham finished in sixth place and 21-6-11 in the 2012-13 EPL season. They are playing under first-year manager Mauricio Pochettino, a former Argentina national team defender who coached Southampton last season. … Five Lilywhites played in the 2014 World Cup: goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (France), midfielder Paulinho (Brazil), defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Mousa Dembele and winger Nacer Chadli (all Belgium). Emanuel Adebayor led Tottenham with 14 goals last season. Backup goalkeeper Brad Friedel has 82 caps with the U.S. national team and 476 EPL appearances. … Sounders forward Clint Dempsey scored seven goals for Tottenham last season. … This is Spurs’ first preseason match and the start of a three-game North American tour that also will take them to Toronto and Chicago. They will start their 2013-14 EPL season Aug. 16 at West Ham United. … This is a friendly match with unlimited substitutions. … Seattle is 2-5 all-time in home international friendlies. … The full 67,000-capacity of CenturyLink Field is available. Ticket sales topped 52,000 at the start of the week. … The Sounders encourage fans to plan ahead, especially in light of I-90 construction. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. QUOTABLE: “We’re not quite sure who they’re going to put out there, but (Andros Townsend) is an excellent player for them. If he was healthy he probably would have been with England in the World Cup, so he’s a guy I’m sure who is looking forward to getting back on the field.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on TottenhamNEXT: Seattle returns to league play at 7 p.m. July 28 when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits CenturyLink Field.